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rudyusc's Port Reviews of Honolulu, Maui, Kona, Hilo
Celebrity Century cruise in February 2013
Member Name: rudyusc
Cruise Date: February 2013
Embarkation: San Diego
Destination: Hawaii
Member Review: rudyusc's Celebrity Century Review
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
We had been to Honolulu before but had never seen the Bishop Museum. After a modest cab from the dock we arrived at the Museum just before its 9:00 opening time and spent over half the day in Hawaii Hall, their primary museum of Hawaiian history. We had lunch on the grounds and took in a planetarium show that was aimed for school children and not adults. Later, we spent the remainder of the day at the Iolani Palace that was built in the late 1800s as the residence for Hawaiian royalty. Queen Liliuokalani was the last reigning monarch to live there. The Palace featured electric lighting and flush toilets that were almost unheard of at that time. The palace had elegant woodwork and beautiful furnishings. The walk from the Palace to the ship was longer that we were expecting, but not unreasonably so. We recommend both of the attractions to the cruiser who wants to know more about Hawaii's history and its people.

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Luau Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
We left the ship early per the instructions on our ticket for the Drums of the Pacific Luau. We allowed the recommended time for tendering, but the wait to tender was short so we arrived at the dock more than 30 min. earlier than expected. After a wait of 45 min. or more someone came by passing out cards for the busses. It was then that we found that the busses were to arrive an hour later than our ticket showed. So we had to wait some more. Eventually the busses came -- about 15 min. later than we had been told -- and took us to the luau. Our busses were the last to arrive and the entertainment had already begun. The food was OK at best, the drinks were lame, but the show was lively and well received.

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Glass Bottom Boat Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
We arrived at the dock with nothing planned and found a glass-bottomed boat loading for sightseeing and dolphin watching so we joined the queue, paid our fare, and hopped on board. After looking at the coral and fish beneath the boat we began cruising along the coast line. Soon whales were spotted and we headed their way hoping for a closer look. Although we never did get very close, we could see them spout, surface for breathing, and flip their tails at us as they dove back under the sea. On the return trip to the dock we were given deli sandwiches for lunch and a hula provided additional entertainment. We never did see the dolphins, but we did enjoy the excursion.

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Akaka Falls Rating: 5+ out of 5+
On the dock we chose a waterfall tour with Authentic Hawaiian Adventures. We waited until the guide found enough people (7 total) to begin the tour. The 15 passenger bus was more than adequate for our little group but still allowed for an intimate tour. The guide, Kamaki, was very knowledgeable about Hawaii's history, geography, and vegetation. We stopped at the Liliuokalani Gardens that are near the cruise port, then made the scenic trip to Akaka Falls. Leaving the falls we stopped at a roadside fruit stand to sample fresh coconut and tropical fruits. We then stopped at a pastry shop for some lunchtime snacks. Back on the bus we continued to the Rainbow Falls in Hilo.

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